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More states accept UPR recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment

At the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, held in February/March 2016, the working group reports of states reviewed in the 23rd session of the UPR in November 2015 were adopted and Governments that did not respond at the time to the recommendations made during their reviews have now given their formal responses to the Council. Ten states in all received recommendations…

Mongolia becomes 49th state to prohibit all corporal punishment

Mongolia has enacted new legislation prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, including in the home. In February 2016, the Mongolian Parliament – the State Great Hural – passed the Law on Child Protection 2016 and the Law on the Rights of Children 2016, which confirm children’s right to protection from all corporal punishment, explicitly prohibit the use of corporal punishment by parents,…

Progress and delay in achieving universal prohibition - updated briefing from the Global Initiative

The popular summary of global progress and delay in achieving universal prohibition of all corporal punishment of children, including in the home, has been revised and updated.

More than half of all UN member states have now prohibited corporal punishment in all settings, including the home, or have committed to doing so. The adoption of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable…

Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 33 (February 2016)

The global newsletter provides a round-up of news and develoments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this edition, we present the latest global progress report from the Global Initiative and Save the Children, charting progress to December 2015, and five other useful resources for advocacy. We also report on new laws prohibiting all corporal punishment in Ireland, Peru and Greenland,…

States receive recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment at the 24th session of the Universal Periodic Review

The 24th session of the Universal Periodic Review was held 18-29 January 2016. Fourteen states were held accountable for their overall human rights records – and for 11, this included their obligation to prohibit and eliminate all corporal punishment of children.

Three of the states examined have already achieved law reform to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including…

Latest recommendations from the Committee on the Rights of the Child

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has made strong recommendations on prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment to states examined at its 71st session held in January 2016. In a number of cases, the Committee referred to the new context of the Sustainable Development Goals, target 16.2 on ending violence against children.

  • To Benin, the Committee…

Caribbean Coalition for the Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children e-newsletter issue 6 now available

The Caribbean Coalition for the Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children (CCACPC) has released the sixth issue of its e-newsletter. This latest edition describes recent developments in Barbados and Jamaica, and sets the global context. It highlights new advocacy resources, including a new global report documenting progress towards prohibition, and provides the latest news on Caribbean states…

African e-newsletter issue 21 now available (January 2016)

This latest edition of the African newsletter documents recent developments from the region. It includes news of regional campaigns and other moves towards prohibition of corporal punishment of children in Africa, as well as global and national resources and information from human rights monitoring bodies in Africa and beyond.

We hope this newsletter will be a useful resource to support…

Greenland prohibits all corporal punishment of children

The Parliament of Greenland – a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark – has become the latest to enact legislation prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. The passage of Bill No. L 35 brings the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility 2007 into force in Greenland, with effect from April 2016. The Danish Act prohibits corporal punishment of children by all those with parental…

South African Human Rights Commission rules against Church promotion of corporal punishment and calls for prohibition in the home

The South African Human Rights Commission has issued its ruling on a complaint brought against the Joshua Generation Church concerning the Church’s promotion of corporal punishment as a means of parental “discipline” of children. The Commission ruled against the Church and, in doing so, called on the Government to meet its human rights obligations by initiating law reform to prohibit corporal punishment…

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